Mumbai Indians v Super Kings, IPL, Eliminator, Mumbai May 28, 2014

Efficient CSK enter another qualifier

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Chennai Super Kings 176 for 3 (Raina 54*, D Hussey 40*, Harbhajan 2-27) beat Mumbai Indians 173 for 8 (Simmons 67, Mohit 3-42) by 7 wickets
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After a few off games, Chennai Super Kings held on to all their catches, after which Mumbai Indians fumbled in the field to clear the qualifier passage for the most consistent team in the IPL history. The game was won and lost in the final few overs of Mumbai's innings when they went from 140 for 2 in 16 overs to 173 for 8 in 20. Lendl Simmons' half-century had set them up beautifully, but Mumbai's batsmen fell one after the other as Super Kings bowlers remained accurate and stifled them with changes of pace. An edgy but quick start to the chase was driven home by Suresh Raina, who earlier in the day made his India comeback as the ODI captain.

Mumbai wouldn't have excepted such a facile defeat after a rollicking start provided by former Super Kings opener Michael Hussey and Simmons. They added 76 in 9.4 overs, finding gaps regularly and using the quick outfield and the slope of the Brabourne Stadium. A big, fighting total looked on the cards when Corey Anderson raced away to 20 off 10. R Ashwin, who had bowled well without success until then, drew a top edge to send Anderson back with the first ball of the 13th over.

A platform had been set nonetheless, and Super Kings were still looking at a stiff target. And Mumbai seemed well on their way, with 41 runs off the next 23 balls, but like he had done earlier, Ravindra Jadeja provided another breakthrough with Simmons' wicket. The ball had been turning, but this one didn't, and the Super Kings spinners did their job with just 57 runs in their eight overs. Their contribution was crucial because Brendon McCullum's comeback had meant Super Kings had no overseas bowlers.

Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra ended well as Mumbai kept mis-hitting the big ones and kept finding the deep fielders. Quite opposite was the start of the Super Kings innings. Praveen Kumar looked more incisive than any of the Super Kings quicks, but he was denied by Umpire Bruce Oxenford, who let Dwayne Smith get away with possibly the plumbest lbw of the IPL season. Oxenford suggested the ball was going down; it was Mumbai that were going down after this decision. Corey Anderson suffered at the hand of his fielders, when Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu converged to attempt Faf du Plessis' catch, with neither going for it.

Harbhajan did manage to pull things back, though, with slow loopy offbreaks to take out both the openers after they had raced to 60 in the first six overs. With the ball turning and gripping, it seemed we could have a tight chase, a feeling reinforced by McCullum getting stumped to make it 87 for 3 with 10.3 overs to go. Raina, though, went on to display some of his vintage IPL form, in the company of David Hussey.

There never seemed any panic around. His six over extra cover, off the bowling of Harbhajan, was the turning point in this innings. Even though D Hussey struggled to get going at the start, Raina kept the asking rate in check with well-placed shots that weren't necessary boundaries. As Super Kings took the game further without the asking rate getting out of hand, Mumbai kept getting pushed out with no death bowler in their ranks.

Raina, who has played every Super Kings match in the history of the IPL, soon matched the record for most scores of 50 or more in the event, 23, by which time D Hussey had also got into the act and all but ended the game.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on May 30, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    KKR is going to win this season!

  • Karan_cricketfan on May 29, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    @ravin_cricluv: CSK didn't win in 2012. KKR did.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 29, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    great win by csk.great team selection.if dhoni is coming 7 th down just think about the teams batting strength and with this team even if three batsmen are dismissed cheaply ,170 is easily on board. the good thing is dhoni know he should nt get over hyped.wish to see csk batting first against punjab,put 200+ and a revenge win.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 29, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    CSK has to win this ipl 7.its so special because of following reasons

    they didnt had home playing advantage.

    all 3 teams they play against in playoff are comparitively better in this season

    no team at no3 spot had won the cup except themselves(in 2012)

    most importantly we dont know if CSK is going to be there next year

  • ravin_cricluv on May 29, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    winning mumbai in its fortress

    winning punjab the best toppers considering all ipl

    winning KKR who are monsters right now

    only one team can do all this and mission is one third accomplished.CSK win

  • ravin_cricluv on May 29, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    i think all CSK fans will want CSK to win punjab more than winning finals against CSK.so its like a double header playoff for CSK

  • ravin_cricluv on May 29, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    guess what helped CSK win over MI.not fielding,not batting not bowling.

    the first thing that won is the team selection.beleive many fans complainted dhoni to go for a batsmen packed team like this even in early stage of the season.wonder what took dhoni so long to find this combination.

    beleive this squad does well even better while setting a target.

  • ravin_cricluv on May 29, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    mumbai might be MI's fortress.but playoff is CSK's fortress

  • deadite11 on May 29, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    KKR just a poor team in Dubai where it struggled but after the removal of kallis, they gelled and uthappa's opening slot made the change as they rise to 2nd top of the table. Anyways finals will be in bangalore so KKR cant able to do well as they did in Eden gardens. So CSK facing new teams in Play-offs, their experience will help but if any distractions CSK will lose in finals.

  • chikkubukku on May 29, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    The edifice finally crumbled. It started crumbling the day the selection of five players to be retained was made, an array of ex-players who, it looks like, contributed negatively for the sponsors. MI should consider themselves very lucky to reach the last four stage but then as I have predicted in my earlier write-ups Pollard failed at a crucial juncture. Netting off the extra runs he gives as a bowler, Pollard's contribution would be ordinary and not as it looks like. Corey Anderson is not Sobers to justify the price tag he has and win matches single handedly. The game against Rajasthan was lost by Watson's team and not won by Mumbai. It was an unimaginative captaincy by RR that let Mumbai off the hook. Unless they change the core structure of the team and the support staff/mentors, the chances of Mumbai coming back again in next year's IPL looks bleak. Over dependence on e Malinga, Anderson Pollard, proved to be the big mistake. They have let their fans down in a big way.

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